Embark to Pulu Pulu

By: Art Hardie

Pulu Pulu in North Toraja, Indonesia is a special place for Toraja Mountain Coffee.

It’s home to our most super premium Indonesian coffee bean in our collection. The farms and coffee plants are accessible only by motorbike and water buffalo. And during rainy season, if you try to go it alone, you simply won’t be able to find your way. Many have tried, with disastrous results.

But with local knowledge and guidance from one of our farmers, this remote mountain village will reveal itself to you. And it’s absolutely amazing.

Let us paint the picture of embarkation on your first ascent to the high-altitude region of Pulu Pulu. 

You are initially greeted by a pleasant tropical climate. The weather is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (77 - 86 Farenheit) throughout the year. It's advisable to dress comfortably and bring sunscreen to protect yourself from proximity to the sun's rays during the day (during dry season) and a sweater and jacket for the evening.

 

The terrain is truly mesmerizing. Surrounded by lush green mountains. Covered in dense jungles. Picturesque rice terraces cascading down steep slopes, adding a human element to the natural beauty of the landscape. Generally, the place is a treasure trove of agricultural biodiversity with a range of crops - including coffee, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and cacao. The fertile volcanic soil, combined with the perfect altitude and climate, creates an ideal environment for these crops to thrive. This rich biodiversity contributes to the unique flavors and aromas found in the local produce and creates the unique soil conditions that make our Pulu Pulu coffee so delicious. In each cup, you can expect a delightful combination of fruity, floral and earthy notes, coupled with a smooth and well-balanced taste. The notes add up to coconut, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate.

The mountains and hills of Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia 

The population of Pulu Pulu is roughly equivalent to the size of a small Mississippi town with 500-1,000 people. The atmosphere is serene, peaceful and entirely remote from civilization. You'll find small villages and communities, where locals go about their daily lives. On a whole, Pulu Pulu is a self-sufficient community as everyone lives off the land. They never have to go to a big city for any necessary items for life. There are very few places with electricity. Almost all the villagers use candles and wood burning fires. Adding to the mystique and remoteness of this high-altitude farming region that produces some of the most incredible, naturally grown coffee in the world. And we’re proud to have such rare access to this special place, through our connection of friends, family and farmers. And to import it directly, and roast it with care and artfulness here in the United States.

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